This topic just will NOT go away!!! Where is this coming from all of a sudden. Today, I was minding my own business (admittedly a rarity). I was receiving a far infra red body wrap at a Las Vegas facility. I brought the July issue of Dermascope - a reputable medical aesthetic magazine. I noted an article written by a "medical aesthetician" so that immediately caught my attention because the law does not make the distinction between and esthetician and a medical esthetician. I have blogged about this frequently. In fact, calling yourself that can violate FTC guidelines and state board of cosmetology and medicine mandates. Arguably you are deceiving the public by calling your self that since it is not a higher license and does not allow you to perform additional services.
Then my knickers really got into a bunch when I read the article! The author incorrectly asserts that estheticians can perform ablative laser, dermal filler (Restylane, Collagen, Juvederm) and Botox injections! Hey, folks, I taught at a premier cosmetology school and I can tell you that the depth of knowledge and experience of the vast majority of estheticians is NOT appropriate for these types of treatments. In any event, it is NOT legally supportable for them to do these procedures!! They cannot practice medicine. They cannot dispense prescription drugs or provide medical devices and they cannot operate a laser (except in limited situations). I actually pioneered the ability of esteticians to perform laser hair removal in New Jersey many years ago.
I am actually taking the time and trouble to send Dermascopes editors a letter about this. If enough people read things like this, they will believe that it is acceptable for estheticians to practice medicine.
I do not know where all of this is coming from nor do I know why it is suddenly so prevalent. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, in the past two weeks, I received calls from doctors in Texas, Nevada and Colorado about this. Now, I read this article that would have many believe that estehticians can inject Botox, dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm and perform laser treatments.